Five stars for the historical GD factor alone. But honestly I'd probably give it five stars if it was just another run-of-the-mill tour closer. No question, it marked the end of a stellar tour and an even better period in the dead's history. I can imagine at one point down the road a box set featuring the lot of "last" shows: 6/17/72 (Pig Pen), 2/17/79 (K&D), 7/23/90 (Brent), 7/9/95 (Jerry and the GD). This would be an excellent box and it honestly is no exaggeration to say that Brent's last would be the box's best.
Pumped up Good Times. Brent sounds excellent on Stagger Lee. It's a short first set with a rare, if odd, Smokestack set closer. Only two Jerry tunes. Strange. And yet goes to show how strong the BAND was, as a whole, at this juncture. Must've been something of a relief to Jerry. Three second set Jerry tunes; five, altogether.
Strong Victim second set opener. Psychedlic and groovy exit-jam and outro on Foolish Heart. They really come alive during the Man Smart Woman Smarter jam - some fine midi action right there. The Weight encores.
Last Smokestack 9/30/89 (64). Final Good Times.
*10th anniversary of KG's death.
Reviewer:August West Wharf Rat
July 24, 2017 Subject:
Last song say sit all!
WOW! Kind of creepy how The Weight is Brent's last song! "I gotta go, but my friends can stick around!!" He looks so wacked out hi on the video. those cold eyes and pupils fully dilated. He was out there! Seems like he was just hitting his stride too, adding so much passion and ad - lib to his songs. AS bright light that did burn long hot and hard and was lost to the darkness too early. MISS U BRENT!
July 23, 2015 Subject:
Is there anybody here but me who needs to know?
25 years ago today Brent's last show. We miss you Brent! Thanks for helping us 'see some good times'. This is a good show, well played, great song selection, and nice effects. There's a full video of this complete show on You Tube. Just type in Grateful Dead 7-23-90. I'm watching it now instead of listening, but I'm sure the audio version here is just as grate from the small bit I've heard. Charlie Miller & Joani never disappoint!
I love this Cold Rain and Snow opener. They seem focused, and ready to rock. Picasso Moon although not my favorite song in their repertoire feels like it fits here. Clearly Bobby's having fun with it. Never Trust I think they do a great job on. Brent really lets it rip, and you get the feeling he's leaving it all out there, giving it his all. Although Brent's eyes look glazed, Jerry appears to be smiling over at him as Brent tells us how 'if they dont come around, what the hell' Nice! Pretty standard Stagger, but nice harmonies in Cassidy. I personally liked the Truckin> Nobody's Fault> Smokestack medley to end the first set. Strong finish and keeping me waiting for the 2nd. Overall so far I give the first set a solid 3 maybe 4.
The second set starts with a good Victim, for some reason not shown on this video (only the audio). Nice musical swirl into Foolish. Super sweet Terrapin D>S. If you've never seen this video what a treat! Complete with trippy late 80's effects. Coming out of Space, Watchtower delivers that familiar back beat, growling they nail it. SOTM is played perfect. Around straight into Good Lovin keeps the whole joint jumping!
The Weight encore to be Brent's last song finishes on a poignant note.
Brent was all over this run. He had lead vocals in 5ofthe 6 sets they played. He really was expressing his soul through his music at he end. His playing in the 2nd set of the Buffalo show was another highlight of the tour. I like the end of this 1st set and the beginning of the 2nd. We still miss you Brent.
July 21, 2014 Subject:
Guy below me
Seems like there was a lot of tension that July between te guys, and really feels like all of them vs. Brent. Jerry never really smiled at him or got into with him throughout that month, nobody else really did either. No horseplay. Maybe it was just a long, grueling run. Or maybe they were just as burned out on him as he was of everyone & everything around him. Decent show. Significant only because of the short time we had left with Brent. Bob Bralove told me once, "His light shined bright, perhaps too bright. leaving him vulnerable to other things in his life."
July 24, 2012 Subject:
Good show. The band seems to be at odds with each other during the show. You can feel the tension in some of the singing and the play between Brent Mydland and Jerry G. Average to above average show with a nice Terrapin.
January 29, 2011 Subject:
Not great either. I like 90 in general but this show isn't anything to jump for joy over. Decent but short Truckin'->Nobody's Fault Jam->Smokestack in the first set. Well jammed Foolish Heart (with the expected lyric flubs) and nice Standing on the Moon in the second set.
even more oddly enough brent's last show here marks the 10th anniversary of keith godchaux's death,brent passes three days later. jam in peace brothers...
October 18, 2010 Subject:
World Music Theater 1990
These 3 shows were crazy: crazy good and crazy bad. The music was excellent.The crowd was out of control. The World had a small fence around the back of the lawn. Every night when the concert began, 1000's of people jumped the fence. Even police with dogs did not deter people from jumping the fence. Needless to say, the Dead never played there again. On a sad note, this was Brent's last show. Oddly enough, the last line Brent sang alone was "I gotta go but my friends can stick around."